NAT Symmetrical line preamplifier test review

Robert J. Reina (Stereophile) writes:  Sometimes, a product review in Stereophile can breed additional reviews. Shortly after I reviewed the Audio Valve Conductor line stage in the July 2009 issue (Vol.32 No.7), I was contacted by NAT’s US distributor, Musical Sounds: “Hey, if you liked the Audio Valve Conductor [$13,995], you’ll love the NAT Symmetrical […]

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Benchmark Media AHB2 Stereo Power Amplifier This little unit will change the way you look and listen to amplifiers.

                        Review And Images By Greg Weaver My first taste of this remarkable new amplifier came earlier this year in April at Chicago’s AXPONA where I discovered it driving a newly redesigned Studio Electric Pasadena loudspeaker, also bearing the Benchmark trademark. Now called the […]

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LINN: Sondek LP12 turntable + Klyde phono cartridge – test review

STEREOPHILE: If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able to draw me into […]

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COLIN WONFOR: HB100 mono power amps test review

Neil McCauley / editor in chief Why no images? Because the test review that follows here are of a pre-production pair in casework that doesn’t properly represent the finished product which, so we are told, should be available in early March 2017. Priced, including VAT @ £4.6k per pair. A bit of history Please note […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Zero System test review – by Jimmy Hughes

Audio Note’s Zero system is a great advertisement for the benefits of partnering a good low-powered amp with sensitive loudspeakers. It’s a winning combination of cohesiveness and integration; brilliance and detail; dynamics and attack. With each individual component being very well matched, the overall result is superb and, as we’ve already indicated, as separates they […]

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EWA Elsdon Wonfor Audio: LS-V speaker cables + MC-V power cord test reviews

Paul Rigby writes: New on the market and featuring an ex-member of Tellurium Q, Paul Rigby reviews a selection of new cable releases from Elsdon-Wonfor These new power cables feature the result of research into noise cancelling/rejection. The company stated that it wanted the cable to remove as much common-mode noise as possible from the […]

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COLIN WONFOR: LS-XXV speaker cables test review

Colin wonfor has just sent us this review. Mike Tierny (Proclaim Audio) writes: Colin and Alan, thank you for the opportunity to audition Elsdon Wonfor Audio’s LS-XXV speaker cables for review. I must tell you, as a “certified cable nut”, I am mightily impressed. I have run the gamut of speaker cables over the past […]

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KEF: The T Series test review

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to anything but virtual surround sound via a soundbar speaker at home…and even longer since I’ve owned a dedicated audio receiver and a set of speakers. For both budget and space consideration, I migrated to a compact and neighbor-friendly soundbar years back when my square footage went […]

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SPENDOR: A3 test review

What HiFi: And they aren’t fussy in practice, either, working equally well up against a wall or 60cm or so away from it. Toed-in slightly, the A3’s lock on to the listener, firing out a precise, focused soundstage. Spin Rihanna’s Only Girl (In The World) and the Spendors organize all the elements of the track […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe SE test review

HiFi Choice writes as follows: The SE is the ‘sport’ version of Michell’s Orbe rangetopper. It cuts down on costs by removing the acrylic casework of its namesake and, in many respects, looks the better for it. Like the well-regarded Gyro, it is a fully suspended design that floats the armboard and platter on three […]

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SPENDOR: Classic SP100R2 loudspeaker test review by Art Dudley

In late 1996, as Listener magazine entered its third year of existence, the Spendor SP100 became my reference loudspeaker, and would remain so for a considerable time. My decision to try the SP100 was influenced by John Atkinson’s review of its antecedent, the nearly identical Spendor S100, in the December 1991 issue of Stereophile. But my purchase decision came down […]

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LINN: LP12 + Klyde phono cartridge test review

  Corey Greenberg (Stereophile) writes:  If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able […]

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ROKSAN: Kandy K2 BT integrated amplifier test review

Herb Reichert (Stereophile magazine) writes: It was spring. I was planting kale and cabbage, wearing bib overalls, and listening to Pigboy Crabshaw (aka Elvin Bishop) on my iPhone. My girlfriend, “bb,” came out, and just stood there laughing. “What’s this? American Gigolo: The Alabama Years?” Now, please, don’t start worrying about your newest Stereophile reviewer. […]

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Voice activation, noise cancellation and True Wireless operation: here’s what’s new in headphones

Promoted by Currys PC World Headphones may look more or less the same as they did five years ago, but so much has changed. Whether it’s the convenience of a totally wireless connection, the relief of active noise cancelling or the user-friendly slickness of voice controls, there’s plenty of innovation to get excited about. Let’s take […]

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WHARFEDALE: Jade 7 loudspeaker test review

Robert Deutsch ….. The word that for me best describes the sound of the Wharfedale Jade 7 is balanced. Not just its tonal balance—which was almost ideally neutral—but a balance of the various sonic attributes most valued by audiophiles. Transparency, detail, soundstaging, and dynamics were all excellent—perhaps only a rung below what’s available from more […]

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SUGDEN: A21ai Series 2 integrated amplifier test review

Art Dudley writes ….. The Sugden A21ai Series 2 integrated amplifier has a distinctive, overarching strength and a similarly apparent shortcoming: Its warm, sweet, well-textured, downright chunky sound honors certain instruments and styles of music, while its top end is rather thick, opaque, and lacking in “air” compared with most other contemporary perfectionist amplifiers. No […]

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